Details of my International beerswap with PintsAndPanels

The Baroness recently disappeared off to Eugene, Oregon and as it happened PintsAndPanels, a comic-strip beer reviewer also very recently moved out to Eugene from the East coast of the states to work at the excellent-sounding 16 Tons beer store. When I found this out I just knew that we had to do an international beerswap - after all it's a big WIN for both of us to be able to try beers that we can't normally pick up.

Here's a photo of my 'package':

And here's the line-up:

  •  Adnams Tally-Ho 2009 [baron rating 5/5] - 7.2% bottle-conditioned barley wine style beer
  • Dark Star Imperial Stout 2009 [baron rating 5/5] - 10.5% bottle-conditioned complex beer with a big flavour
  • Magic Rock Human Cannonball [baron rating 5/5] - 9.2% double IPA, massive pine & candied orange aromas,with bitter/sweet grapefruit & mango flavours
  • Stringers IPA [baron rating 5/5] - 5.5% bottled version of their Victoria IPA
And this is what came back:

And here's the line-up:

  • Avery Ellie's Brown Ale - 5.5% deep russet brew,dominated by chocolate & brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla & nuts,producing a very smooth, well-balanced & quaffable brown ale [ratebeer 90%]
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 - 7% aggressive styled India Pale Ale. This golden, well hopped, bottle-conditioned ale demands your attention [ratebeer 99%]
  • Fort George Vortex IPA - 7.7% IPA. We didn't want to make an IPA that would rip the taste buds off your tongue,but something that harnessed the power of Simcoe, Amarilla, and Cascade hope to the gentleness of 2-row barley in a vortex of extreme lupulin ecstasy. [ratebeer 94%]
  • Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale - 6.5% Rocky Mountain pale ale [ratebeer 98%]
  • Oskar Blues Old Chub - 8% Scotch ale [ratebeer 97%]
I am sooooo looking forward to trying these beers, American canned craft ales is one of my interests and I've also really wanted to try Racer 5 since so many other bloggers raved on about it - I can't wait to get stuck in!

A massive thank you to PintsAndPanels for agreeing to a beerswap, please follow her at @PintsAndPanels to see what she thinks of our British ales!

If you fancy some cartoon-style reviews of beers then make sure you check out the PintsAndPanels website.


arn said...

do you know how seething with jealousy so many of us out here are right now!!!!!

Baron Orm said...

Yes I'm a very lucky man - it was pure coincidence that the Baroness was flying out to Eugene just a month after PintsAndPanels moved out there!

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